Springfield, Mass. - September 12, 2019 - The Springfield College women's soccer team eased past visiting UMass Dartmouth, 9-0, on Brock-Affleck Field on Thursday night in non-conference action.
The Pride took home the win to improve to 4-0 on the year and the Corsairs dropped to 1-1 on the season. Springfield owned a 34-3 edge in shots for the game as it tied a Division III program record for goals in a game with nine, marking the previous best mark which was set in 2007 in a 9-0 triumph over Elms.
Springfield started off the scoring just 1:52 of the game when senior Mackenzie Luiz (Newington, Conn.) made a great run into the middle of the field, and Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) delivered a great feed that met her in stride for the strike. Less than five minutes later, Luiz scored her second goal of the contest as Kaliegh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) sent a through ball in between two Corsair defenders which Luis struck home into the lower corner.
Swetland tacked on the game's next two goals in a span of less than nine minutes, the first coming on an unassisted strike before Maggie Barden (Swampscott, Mass.) struck a cross into the box that Swetland was able to tuck away.
Graduate student Kellie Gambell (Middletown, Conn). had a career day as she scored three goals for her first career hat trick. Her first came with three minutes left to play in the first half when Nicole Sweeney (Grafton, Mass.) sent a low cross into the box that Gambell buried to give Springfield a 6-0 advantage at the half.
Just over 20 minutes into the second half, Maddy Bonavita (Wilbraham, Mass.) got the scoring going for the Pride as first-year Katie Vita (Hamden, Conn.) passed the ball through the Corsair backline, and Bonavita powered her bid into the far corner. Gambell tacked on the last two goals of the game less than two minutes apart on markers assisted by Bailey and Renee Melisse (Marston Mills, Mass.) at 67:29 and 69:19, respectively.
Caitlin Normoyle (Springfield, Mass.) made one save for the Pride in the win, while Jaimee O'Brien made 10 saves for the Corsairs.
On Sunday, Springfield will host the defending national champion and top-ranked team in the country, Williams, at 1 pm.
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